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Burma on Road to Democracy: How Far How Fast?

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.23.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

A half century of military dictatorship has officially ended in Burma, or Myanmar. The cost has been high, with brutal war and systematic repression finally giving way to nominal civilian rule. Yet taking the final steps toward democracy may be as difficult as making the transition so far.

Can Aung San Suu Kyi and Military Coexist in Burma?

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.05.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

For too long the Burmese people could only look to the future and hope for change. Today they have a chance to enjoy the opportunities that the rest of us take for granted. Hopefully now, after decades of conflict, the future finally has arrived for Burma.

Myanmar Election: How Key Actors Fared

Erin Murphy | Posted 12.02.2016 | World
Erin Murphy

The election represents a critical milestone for this fledgling democracy; however, Myanmar's future political, social, and economic trajectory depends heavily on the transfer of power and ensuing formation of government and how the new ruling party is able to govern.

Young Voters From Burma Speak Out

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 11.12.2016 | Politics
Kyle David Anderson

Aung San Suu Kyi, global icon turned savvy Burmese politician, and her opposition democratic party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have won a resounding victory in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi's Opposition Party Wins Majority In Myanmar Parliament

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.13.2015 | World

YANGON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party on Friday clinched enough seats in parliament to elect a pre...

Myanmar's Election Is a Promising Step Toward a Brighter Future, but Much Remains to Be Done

Ma Thida | Posted 11.12.2016 | World
Ma Thida

YANGON, Myanmar -- After almost five decades of military rule, having a democratic government is a dream no more. But the road ahead will be truly bumpy and tricky.

Aung San Suu Kyi Must Not Let Politics Get in the Way of Human Rights

Hanna Hindstrom | Posted 11.10.2016 | World
Hanna Hindstrom

YANGON, Myanmar -- If Suu Kyi's ascent is perceived as too threatening, there is greater risk that the military will continue to exploit anti-Muslim hostility in order to destabilize the post-election climate. And despite her numerous pro-democracy accolades, Suu Kyi has refused to speak in defense of the Rohingya Muslims and recently warned foreign media not to "exaggerate" their plight.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Vows To Call Shots After Election Victory

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.10.2015 | World

YANGON/MANDALAY, Myanmar, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi made it clear on Tuesday she was ready to defy attempts by th...

The Rohingya Are Suu Kyi's Litmus Test for a Legitimate Democracy

Harrison Akins | Posted 11.09.2016 | World
Harrison Akins

The smiling faces of Burmese voters demonstrate an exuberant nation prepared for a new era of democracy and political freedom. The smiling faces of Burmese voters, however, also hide the tragic reality for many in Myanmar -- the continued exclusion and persecution of Muslims, especially the Rohingya people.

Think Burma Is a Democracy Now? Think Again.

Mark Farmaner | Posted 11.09.2016 | World
Mark Farmaner

Burma now has a hybrid system of military rule and democracy. It's democracy on a leash. The victims of human rights abuses can't wait for a hoped slow transition. They need genuine democracy, and they need it now. For them it is, quite literally, a matter of life and death. It isn't time to celebrate yet.

Myanmar Ruling Party Chief Concedes Defeat To Suu Kyi's Opposition

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

NAYPYITAW/HINTHADA, Myanmar, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat in the country's general election on Monday, as the opposition l...

Voting Underway In Myanmar's First Free Election In 25 Years

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.07.2015 | World

YANGON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in Myanmar's first free nationwide election in 25 years, the Southeast Asian nation's biggest stride ...

Why Myanmar's Upcoming Election Is So Historic

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Aung Zaw, founder and edito...

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The acquisition of energy has become a dominant influence in China's foreign policy orientation generally, and has been a driving force in its relationship with Myanmar in recent years.

Myanmar Is More than Aung San Suu Kyi

Stanley Weiss | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Maybe being hailed as her nation's savior is more pressure than she, or many of us, could live up to. Or maybe the substance of Aung San Suu Kyi never really matched the symbol -- and the West would do well to see that Myanmar is much more than The Lady.

Democracy by Militia in Burma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The democratization process in Burma remains very much a work-in-progress, with parliamentary elections slated for next year and the country continuing to adjust to the growing pains associated with opening its economy to the rest of the world.

Burma is at a Crossroads? Again?

Jack Healey | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

That there has been major change happening is certainly true. But much more needs to be done, and as quickly as possible in some areas. The very nature of human rights suggests (or certainly should suggest) that they are universal and irrevocable.

Myanmar's Lady vs. The Dragon

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Speculation remains high in Myanmar as to if and when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to China, which was one of the strongest supporters of the previous military government and remains highly influential in the country's affairs.

The New Face of Democracy: Nation-Wide Youth Congress to Take Place in Burma

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Akshan deAlwis

It is a new generation of Burma's youth who can own democracy and claim it as their own.

Important Transitions: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, and Hopes for Democracy

Jack Healey | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Burma's Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a good figure to think about in analogy to Mandela. She wasn't on Robben Island, but was greatly isolated in decades of house arrest while Madiba had the solidarity of other prisoners around him.

Fourteen for 2014: A Human Rights Wishlist

Jack Healey | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As 2013 begins to draw into itself for holiday season and the arrival of the coming new year, it is worth thinking about what human rights issues might be put onto our collective front-burners.

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Gordon Welty

Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.

Democratic Transition in Myanmar and Western Interests

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

Is the government, still dominated by the military, willing to amend the undemocratic elements of the 2008 constitution ahead of the 2015 general elections?

Burma: Democratic Hopes Versus Authoritarian Fears

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Doug Bandow

Two years ago few people, in or out of Burma, predicted genuine reform. Today almost everyone expects it. The ultimate objective must be to allow the Burmese people to take charge of their own destiny.

The Lady and the Peacock: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Politics of Burma

Stephenie Foster | Posted 06.17.2012 | Books
Stephenie Foster

Peter Popham, the author of The Lady and the Peacock, a spellbinding biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, has great timing.